Hello lovely followers and readers, how are you doing today? This date is special for me as it marks my one year being active in the WP-community. A year ago I published two posts that would propel me into a journey of blogging.
Those two posts were posted on the same day and gathered combined the total of 13 (!) likes. I remember that being very exciting times. Thinking about what message I wanted to convey – mostly to myself – and let’s be honest here, typing it all out and sending it into the world wide web for everyone to read, is exciting. Would anyone read it?!
Reflecting on the past year I can say from the bottom of my heart, ‘what a year that was!’ I started out posting quite carefully with the knowledge that ‘nobody’ was ever going to read my ‘ramblings’. I didn’t have a care in the world about that. Eventually this changed slowly. I did find like-minded people and was welcomed into a very accepting community.
September came and I started to post more frequently. I found that pouring my thoughts onto ‘paper’ was good for me. It gave me a reason to get up in the morning and made me feel less alone. I built my site bit by bit and by the end of the year I posted every weekday. I read my comments with pleasure. Oh I remember how thrilled I was with my first comment. That was a special occasion. I made friends in the blogosphere and everything was hunky dory.
I learned about blogging etiquette, found out which pictures you can and can’t use… Working with the classic editor was still a thing. In January I had my peak of views per post and I couldn’t believe it but I reached 200 followers. That was gigantic!
A bit before the pandemic hit things started to change on WP. I saw a decline in views but I also posted less because of, you know, life. I went from posting 5 times a week to maybe three and in July two to three posts per week. This month it became even less frequent. I have no idea how this will evolve but I’ve decided not to force myself and let the inspiration come when it comes. I’m not able to stick to a strict upload schedule right now.
When COVID-19 arrived, my initial thoughts were, that it would be great for blogging because during lockdown (if you hadn’t an essential profession) there was nothing else to do than to read and write blogs. But the atmosphere changed. The pandemic became thé topic to read and write about but for me it wasn’t relaxing but more anxiety inducing because of the limitation in subjects. Views changed and less comments came in. And this stays like that ‘till this moment. Earlier in the summer I’ve changed the course of the blog a bit in that way that ‘depression’ isn’t the unique topic I write about. That is also quite challenging to come out of ypour ‘niche’. How does one do that?
Thanks to the support and openness of the community I managed to write down more pieces of my life story, the building blocks that paved the way to depression. I don’t know if that is something that my followers like to read.
As for the course of my new year in ‘blogland’ I don’t have a ‘fixed’ idea what I will be writing about or what the frequency will be. Just by revisiting my old posts to do a ‘Thursday Throwback’ next Thursday off course, I noticed that my style of writing changed a bit. My posts became shorter than the initial ones. I think that is a good evolution as it doesn’t matter how much you edit your post, it will appear in tiny letters in the reader. I mean for real, it’s not comfortable to read at all! Anyone else agreeing with me on that one? It’s not that it’s really too tiny but more comfort for the eyes could be provided. Because of the small lettering, poor concentration and the amount of posts that I want to read, I tend to skip the longer ones. I’m sorry for those bloggers but since the layout changed, I’m discouraged to read longer posts. And yet, I’m typing a long post here. I’m a walking contradiction!
The second observation that I made was that, although I was really ill, my style of writing wasn’t that heavy. It was more ‘fun’ if you could call it that. More ‘me’. Somewhere along the way I became fascinated with research and focused too much on that imo. I want my fun ‘me’ back. Or more back. Between the research stuff.
I’ll end this long (against my own advice!) with the focus on my blog. Where I started out to write ‘solely’ on depression, I will change my subjects a bit. I wrote about estrangement in families and I feel that I’ll find other topics to address. I plan to revisit older post to ‘measure’ how far I’ve come in that year of blogging and what did change. So, the past has happened, the future is uncertain and all we have is the now. I hope you enjoy it.
Thanks for reading all of you, especially the people who are here since the beginning and a lovely welcome to new readers. Thank you for sticking with me!! Tell me, what are your opinions about WP and the blogosphere? Did you notice some changes? Do you use the Gutenberg editor and does that work for you? And do you know how to change the size of the letters in the reader so I don’t need my magnifying glass? I really hope that it is the editors fault and that it’s not a sign of me getting old!